Jacko’s still in charge

Saddleworth Rangers have expanded their coaching team ahead of the new season as they prepare to battle in the National Conference Division One in March.

FIT: Emmerson Jackman aims to have his players in tip top condition.
FIT: Emmerson Jackman aims to have his players in tip top condition.

Emmerson Jackman remains head coach after the first team’s relegation from the top flight and has pre-season underway to get players in shape for February’s Standard Cup fixtures.

Former Rangers and Oldham scrum-half Paul Ashton joins him as assistant coach, as Miles Greenwood steps down to concentrate on his career.

Club captain Michael Coates is hoping to return after almost a season out with injury and Jackman believes this combination of variety of experience will be the key to success.

“We found last year that the team worked better with many coaches working on different things,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to working with Paul. I’ve known him a long time and I’m pleased he’s come on board to help.

“Miles was great with us last year but he has other commitments to concentrate on.

“Michael will bring that experience from the field and that will help pull everything together.

“We’ve had a good response at training so far so hopefully we can just keep building on that.”

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